noun krieg·spiel \ˈkrēgzˌpē(ə)l, -ēgˌsp-, -ēkˌshp-\

Definition of kriegspiel

  1. 1 :  a game in which blocks, pins, and flags representing contending forces and guns are moved about according to rules based on war conditions

  2. 2 :  chess in which neither player sees the other's board but is given some information as to the opponent's moves by a referee who keeps track of all moves on a third board

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Origin and Etymology of kriegspiel

German kriegsspiel, from krieg war + spiel game

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